Driver Injured in Semi-Truck Overturn Crash on TX-83 in Dawson County
Dawson County, TX — June 20, 2022, a 19-year-old truck driver was seriously injured in a crash on State Highway 83 in Dawson County.
Reports say the incident happened around 7:50 a.m. on TX-83 near County Road B. Preliminary investigation suggests a Freightliner semi-truck was traveling east on the highway. The driver's vision was allegedly impaired by sun glare when he thought he saw an animal on the road ahead. He swerved right to avoid it, entering the unimproved shoulder. He then over-corrected the other way and the truck crossed back through the road before overturning. It rolled one more times and came to rest on its side.
The driver reportedly suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to a hospital.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Overturn Crash on Hwy 83 in Dawson County
After a crash like this I'm often concerned that police investigators won't really be as thorough as they should. While reports suggest the driver may have lost control while trying to avoid an animal in the road, the general assumption is that a truck only flips if its operator was somehow careless behind the wheel. Common as that may be, it's still can't be taken for granted. Moreover, the cause of a crash isn't always the same as the cause of a victim's injuries so it's important to consider any extenuating circumstances.
For instance, an unfortunate problem in the modern trucking industry is truck manufacturers failing to build vehicles that truly keep their drivers safe. Corners get cut and designs never change even if simple safety improvements could be made to help prevent significant injury in the unfortunate event of a crash. When those improvements aren't implemented, a crash may end up much worse than it realistically had to be. Could something like that have been a factor here?
To learn more about some hazards inherent in modern truck design, click the image below.